Health and Safety Laboratory – a national asset and hidden treasure

The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is the highest market town in England and a gateway to the Peak District National Park. It is close to the county boundary with Cheshire to the west and Staffordshire to the south. There is a mixed economy of tourism, retail, quarrying, scientific research, light industry and mineral […]

Getting active in 2017

Is staff wellbeing treated as seriously as it deserves to be? An engineer working on site will be issued with ear defenders to protect their hearing and steel-toe-capped boots to deflect the blow of a heavy falling object, but many of the factors that can impact on the health and wellbeing occur before they come […]

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Embedding safety into 4LM

Managing risk on a project isn’t just about being the safety police, says Sarah; it is much more important to support and encourage safe practice. On something like the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project, probably one of the largest and most complex resignalling programmes in the world, that philosophy is being put to the test. […]

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Facing up to fatigue

As an industry that works such unsociable hours in high pressure environments, railway staff are familiar with fatigue in the workplace. In a safety critical environment, tiredness can most certainly kill. Since the creation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) in 2005, there have been a number of accidents...

Crossrails Wallasea Island RSPB nature reserve ready thanks to BAM Nuttall

Crossrail has taken another step towards the creation of a new 1,500 acre RSPB nature reserve with the completion of a new 180 metre jetty at Wallasea Island in Essex.  The jetty will receive...

Colin Wheeler writes… Rail Safety Summit 2012

Written by Colin Wheeler One hundred and sixty attended the Rail Safety Summit on April 19th at Loughborough University. Ninety separate companies and organisations attended. Whilst the industry is vibrant, healthy and growing, work is uneven and Government imposed austerity initiatives are being felt. As host I suggested a hiccough will be caused by work [...]

Network Rail fined £150,000 over rail worker incidents

Network Rail has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,500 following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for breaches of health and safety law which led to...

Network Rail plans to reduce level crossing misuse in Lincoln

Network Rail is developing plans to reduce the risk of misuse at High Street and Brayford Wharf level crossings in Lincoln. The company is seeking to improve pedestrian access around the city through provision of...

Southeastern to be sentenced over station overshoot

Train operator Southeastern is to be sentenced over an incident on 8 November 2010 when one of its trains 'overran a station by almost two-and-a-half miles'. The incident involved a commuter train travelling from Charing Cross...

Scooter hit by train at level crossing

Network Rail has said at 1.10pm yesterday afternoon (May 22, 2012) the driver of the 12.18pm First Great Western London Paddington to Taunton service reported hitting a vehicle at the Ufton Nervet level crossing...

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